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2009 Films by Date
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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11
TAOS COMMUNITY AUDITORIUM
9:30 AM


YOGIN
11:30am - Saturday, October 10th, Taos Community Auditorium
9:30am - Sunday, October 11th, Taos Community Auditorium

A young pretender challenges the old master in his mountaintop zendo. Guess who prevails in the contest of flexibility? John Hanrahan, USA, 3 mins, 2008


PUSH PLAY
9:30am - Saturday, October 10th, The Taos Gallery
9:30am - Sunday, October 11th, Taos Community Auditorium

A touching romantic encounter bookends some superb snow kiting footage to form an unusual film of the mountainfilm genre. Lisa Darsonava, USA, 9 mins 23 sec, 2008

BIDDER 70
8:00pm - Friday, October 9th, Taos Community Auditorium
9:30am - Sunday, October 11th, Taos Community Auditorium

The best ideas in the world are often glaringly simple. One such is Tim De Christopher's ploy to foil the federal government's auction of mineral rights to corporate interest. He registered as Bidder 70 and bid determinedly for the rights to mine ore in areas of Utah, with of course no intention of mining or paying for the privilege. He will attend the festival immediately after his trial, if he is not incarcerated. George Gage, USA, 8mins, 2009 In person: Tim de Christopher, George Gage

CHEAT NEUTRAL
9:30am - Saturday, October 10th, The Taos Gallery
9:30am - Sunday, October 11th, Taos Community Auditorium

This hilarious film follows satirical website creators Alex Randall and Christian Hunt as they try to sell the idea of cheat offsetting to a bemused public. From the high street to the Houses of Parliament, they spark an important and timely debate about the inadequacies of carbon offsetting. www.cheatneutral.com www.bullfrogfilms.com 9 Awards including Grand Jury Prize for Best Short at Film Festival at Yale Beth Stratford, UK, 13 mins, 2007

FREEDOM RIDERS
9:30am - Sunday, October 11th, Taos Community Auditorium

Freedom Riders follows the people and events of downhill mountain biking, from it's infancy, to the phenomenon that it is today, as well as a group of renegade downhill mountain bikers who let nothing stand between them and gravity. Beginning with conflict and clandestine trail building, these riders eventually gain acceptance and form a collaborative relationship with the Forest Service, implementing the first downhill specific trail system in Forest Service history. www.freedomridersthemovie.com Chris Kitchen, USA, 46 mins, 2009


SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11
TAOS GALLERY
9:30 AM


ADDICTED TO PLASTIC
9:30am - Sunday, October 11th, The Taos Gallery

Ian Connacher gives us a point-of-view style documentary about plastic that encompasses three years of filming in 12 countries on 5 continents, including two trips to the middle of the Pacific Ocean where plastic debris accumulates. The film details plastic's path over the last 100 years and provides a wealth of expert interviews on practical and cutting edge solutions to recycling, toxicity and biodegradability. www.crypticmoth.com www.bullfrogfilms.com Golden Sun Award - Best International Documentary in FICMA 2009 International Environmental Film Festival, Barcelona, Spain Ian Connacher, Ontario, 85 mins, 2008


SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11
TAOS COMMUNITY AUDITORIUM
11:30 AM


WOMEN AND THE WAVES
11:30am - Sunday, October 11th, Taos Community Auditorium

The Women and the Waves is a documentary surf film that explores the lives of female surfers who, through the decades, have chosen to paddle head first into the male dominated sport of surfing and found a place of their own. Surfer girls, women who surf, women who don't, female athletes, and the men who love them gain insight into what it's like to "Surf like a Girl!" This inspiring film, featuring generations of female surfers, reveals what has transcended surfing's status as a sport to become a passion so strong, it is the dominant force in their lives. Heather Hudson and Peck Euwer, USA, 48 mins, 2009

LOST JEWEL OF THE ATLANTIC
11:30am - Sunday, October 11th, Taos Community Auditorium

Weaving thrilling big-wave surfing footage with testimony, Lost Jewel of the Atlantic chronicles one of the world's most significant surf discoveries in decades, and the subsequent battle to prevent its destruction from ill-conceived coastal development. The point break in Jardim do Mar remained a relative secret to all but a lucky few traveling surfers, without revealing its location to the surfing world. But the secrecy that surrounded it led to its ultimate demise, when the government of Madeira proposed building a massive seawall in this small seaside village. Jacob Holcomb, USA, 53 mins, 2008


SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11
TAOS GALLERY
11:30 AM


URUCA
6:00pm - Friday, October 9th, Taos Community Auditorium
11:30am - Sunday, October 11th, The Taos Gallery

Animated climbing films are, sadly, a rarity of our genre. Uraca is a gem. Cleverly spoofing a couple of clichés: the seasoned veteran sandbagging the eager youth, the talkative second describing every move to the terrified leader, this short provides a hilarious contrast to the serious tone of the standard climbing film. www.grigorovski.com Four awards including Best Film on Rock Climbing at 2009 Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival. Erick Grigorovski, Brazil, 8 mins, 2008

SAMSARA
11:30am - Sunday, October 11th, The Taos Gallery

Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk attempt a first ascent on a 6,500-foot rock face in the Vindhya Mountains in India. The route is double the length of anything on El Capitan and easily as steep. Beautifully shot on the sacred peak Meru, which is considered the center of the universe in Hindu mythology. Renan Ozturk, USA, 22 mins, 2009

LUXURY LINER
11:30am - Sunday, October 11th, The Taos Gallery

Ed Webster, one of the guests at our inaugural festival in 2001, was involved in the first ascent of a climb that became perhaps the most famous two-pitch route in the US. Webster returned to the Supercrack of the Desert at Indian Creek with Alstrin's film crew to reenact the climb. Earl Wiggins, Webster's partner on the day and the man who virtually soloed the splitter crack, armed as he was in the pre-Friend era with only hexes, sadly passed away in 2002. His amazingly bold lead was however recorded for posterity on 16mm film and is included in this thrilling story. Chris Alstrin, USA, 48 mins, 2009


SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11
TAOS COMMUNITY AUDITORIUM
1:30 PM


LIFERS: A TALE OF TWO CLIMBERS
1:30pm - Sunday, October 11th, Taos Community Auditorium

Josh Lyons presents to us the lives of two separate climbers living in Boulder, Co., whose seminal climbing experiences took place at Seneca Rocks, West Virginia. One lives out of his pickup truck; the other is a family man and father of four. Now both climbers spend most of their free time climbing in Eldorado Canyon. Josh Lyons, USA, 12 mins, 2009

THE SHARP END
1:30pm - Sunday, October 11th, Taos Community Auditorium

Get ready for an adrenaline-soaked journey up the world's most challenging walls: the French Alps, the Eiger, the Utah Desert, Yosemite granite and more. Ice covered alpine walls, free-solo ascents, slack lining, base jumping from slack line and squirrel suiting will have you on the edge of your seat. www.senderfilms.com Best Climbing Film in Boulder Adventure Film Festival, Best Adventure Film in XDance Action Sports Film Festival Peter Mortimer, USA, 60 mins, 2009


SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11
TAOS GALLERY
1:30 PM


DEEP/SHINSETSU
1:30pm - Saturday, October 10th, Taos Community Auditorium
1:30pm - Sunday, October 11th, The Taos Gallery

Masaki Sekiguchi has provided us with another great ski short. No narration, no interviews and no hip hop music creates a meditative look at these great skiers on epic powder days. www.ebisfilms.jp Masaki Sekiguchi, Japan, 3 mins 30 sec, 2009

SNOW TRAMP
1:30pm - Sunday, October 11th, The Taos Gallery

This film pays homage to Charlie Chaplin and the lure of the mountains. True to the genre of Chaplin's films there is a nasty cad, a chase, potentially lethal obstacles and a just reward in the form of a pretty girl. Bryon Nykon and Johanne Gregory, Canada, 6 mins, 2009, North American Premier

THIS IS KASHMIR
1:30pm - Sunday, October 11th, The Taos Gallery

In 2009 the New Zealand Ski Club of Kashmir called for ski and snowboard instructors to travel to Gulmarg, India in the disputed region of Kashmir to teach local kids how to ski. Eight instructors from Australia, New Zealand, UK, Argentina and France answered the call and went to Gulmarg for 2 months of teaching and skiing. Jack McCowan, Australia, 15 min 20 sec, 2009, World Premier

SIGNATURES
1:30pm - Sunday, October 11th, The Taos Gallery

From the orange and gold of fall to the pink cherry blossoms of spring, Signatures follows an entire winter deep in the hardwoods of Hokkaido, Japan. Deliciously deep January blower to April corn, we bring you a film about expression and the art of riding on snow. www.sweetgrassproductions.com Nick Waggoner, USA, 50 mins, 2009


SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11
TAOS COMMUNITY AUDITORIUM
3:30 PM


AFRICA REVOLUTIONS
3:30pm - Sunday, October 11th, Taos Community Auditorium

Tyler Bradt and Rush Sturges have brought us an excellent kayaking film set in Africa. Amidst the Class V and VI rapids, and some rivers at floodstage, the team finds time to promote solar technology to many of the villages along the way. We are anxiously awaiting their latest production Dream Result, which will be released in Spring 2010. www.rev-inn.com 1st place in Rosenheim Paddling Film Festival, Peoples Choice Award at 5 Point Film Festival Tyler Bradt and Rush Sturges, USA, 33 min, 2008

SOLO
3:30pm - Sunday, October 11th, Taos Community Auditorium

When Andrew Macauley sets out to be the first to kayak solo across the Tasman Sea the emotion raised between him and his family is startling. The ordeal he undergoes paddling and attempting to rest, not to mention filming himself, in the brutal confines of his tiny craft Beggars Belief. One of the most heart-wrenching documentary accounts we have ever received at the festival, this film is not for the faint at heart. David Michod and Jennifer Peedom, Australia, 52 mins, 2008


SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11
TAOS GALLERY
3:30 PM


DICK BARRYMORE
3:30pm - Sunday, October 11th, The Taos Gallery

Dick Barrymore became one of the world's best ski filmmakers after giving up his job as a fireman in Los Angeles, hitting the road with his 16mm movie camera. During his 30 year career Barrymore made more than 50 films. Mr. Barrymore organized the first Hot Dog contest, staged the first aerial ski events, and pioneered heli-skiing in the Canadian Rockies. Dick Barrymore passed away in August of 2008, this is the best of his work, and some of the best of all time. Dick Barrymore, USA, 113mins, retrospective




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